SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Commissioner Richard D. Braswell of Princeton has been indicted by a Johnston County Grand Jury. Court records obtained by The Johnston County Report indicate Braswell was named in a True Bill of Indictment on August 1, 2022 on a single count of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Commissioner Braswell was arrested for the same offense on June 29, 2022 by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. He was released a short time later under a $35,000 secured bond.
At the time, the sheriff’s office said they had been investigating Commissioner Braswell since June 6, 2022. On that date, a 13 year-old female juvenile came to the sheriff’s office accompanied by her family. The minor alleged she had an inappropriate interaction with the 73 year-old defendant.
According to the indictment, “…the defendant…willfully and feloniously did take and attempt to take immoral, improper, and indecent liberties with the child … for the purpose of arousing and gratifying sexual desire and did commit and attempt to commit a lewd and lascivious act upon the body of the child… At the time of the offense, the child … was under the age of 16 years of age and the defendant … was over 16 years of age and at least five years older than the child.” The alleged offense took place on April 18, 2022.
The True Bill of Indictment was signed by the Grand Jury Foreperson.
Commissioner Richard D. Braswell has been present at all county commission meetings since his arrest. He remains free on bond awaiting trial.
Reached Monday night, Mr. Braswell declined to comment on the allegations.
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